Folliculitis is a skin condition that results in the inflammation of hair follicles. The symptoms include clusters of white or red bumps around the hair follicle, itchy or burning skin, and the skin becomes tender. This condition is most commonly caused due to infection with the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.

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How to cure the recurrent bumps on my daughter's buttocks?

Query: Hi doctor, My child keeps getting these bumps. The doctor tested for bacteria and fungus, but both were negative. Any ideas on what this could be? It does not bother her at all. It is itching now, but it goes away when I put Triamcinolone ointment on it. But, I do not want to keep using that since i...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I need the following information:What are the other areas that are affected? What is the complaint in the area? Is it burning or itching? Exactly how long it has been there? Also, send photographs of other affected areas?Regards.   Read Full »

I have a dark red, flaky patch on my head. Should I be concerned about sun cancer?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a dark red, flaky patch on my head. Should I be concerned about sun cancer?  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi,Welcome to answer the following questions;1. Are you a diabetic patient?2. Do you have any history of trauma in the head?3. Is the lesion painful to touch?4. Do you have bleeding or pus discharge?5. Did you do any hairstyle in recent days?6. Do you have a fever?  Read Full »

What is the reason for my anal pain that hurts every time I sit down, lift something, squat down, or walk?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had pain in my anal area for less than a week. It hurts every time I sit down, lift something, squat down, or walk. I have a previous history of dust allergy and hay fever. I have used the tablet Cetirizine in the past. Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I understand your concern. You have an inflamed pus lesion in the anal area. It may be due to folliculitis. Do you have any issues related to passing stools? I suggest the below steps: Avoid wearing tight clothes. Wear loose inner wears. Av...  Read Full »

What are these red-headed pimples around the hair follicles in my pubic area?

Query: Hi, My pubic area have folliculitis. It looks like a skin infection. At first, it may look like small red-headed pimples around hair follicles. Please suggest something.  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. More information would be required to diagnose and treat correctly. 1. Please let me know your clinical history, including diabetes mellitus, immunocompromised status, or existing infections. 2. Is it only in the pubic area ...  Read Full »

I am having itchy pubic area and after scratching there is bleeding but no other symptoms. Is it herpes or folliculitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to ask about two lesions for which I will upload photos. In the first to the third photo, the pubic area was initially itchy, so I checked it after scratching, and there was blood. After wiping the blood, I took a picture. There are no other symptoms. The next photos are from th...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The lesions are bacterial folliculitis. These are not related to herpes in any way. Folliculitis is caused by bacterial infection in most of the cases and staphylococcus aureus is the common bacteria responsible for it. The lesions with pus...  Read Full »

Can my reoccurring follicular abscess be caused due to engaging in oral sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old male and had sexual intercourse with protection but actively did oral sex one year before. I am onboard a ship now, and I have a follicular abscess infection. I am treated with antibiotics, and it goes away with that and comes back after 15 to 20 days. Abscess keeps ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Protected sex is very safe sex. The abscess may be due to any other reason. It is not HIV and has nothing to do with sex. Until you arrive home, I am prescribing oral antibiotics, anti-inflammatory to take with antacids, and anti-allergic medicines. 1) Tablet Augme...  Read Full »

I have a small painful bulge near my anal opening. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I was taking a shower, and I noticed something near my anus. It is kind of painful only when pressing it. Do you know what this might be? Could it be cancer? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query, and sorry for the discomfort you are facing. I saw the pictures you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). In the picture, there is one single small bump that is erythematous, which means reddish in appearance....  Read Full »

Does the bump on my scalp indicate skin cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am in my early twenties and I have a bump on my scalp. It has been there for very long, and I suddenly became worried about it. I am so afraid and worried of having skin cancer. I am using Asido Fusidico ointment for this.Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Abdel Hakam Soliman

Answer: Hi,Welcome to I think it is nothing, but folliculitis. Do not worry. Please add an antibiotic like the tablet Cefadroxil 500 mg thrice daily for five days, in addition to your currently used Acido Fusidico ointment to be used topically three times daily. Please do not rub or scratch it.  Read Full »

What is the pimple on the side of my arm that swells up on touch?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a weird mole on the side of my arm; I do not know what it is. I thought it was an ingrown pimple. It does not hurt, but it swells up when I mess with it. What is it?  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Please answer my questions for details and to better understand your condition- 1. Is it painful or tender to touch? 2. Have you noticed any change in size, shape, or color? 3. Does your lesion have any irregular ma...  Read Full »

Why do I get dark spots on my back and buttock?

Query: Hi doctor, I have noticed that I am getting dark spots on my lower back and buttock. The lesions are getting more visible recently. I do not have this problem anywhere else on the skin. Could you please help?  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern, and please answer the following questions: Is your lesion painful or tender? Do you sweat excessively? Is there any occlusion? Do you wear tight clothes? Is there any aggravation of itching at night? Thank you.   Read Full »

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